Monday, June 11, 2018

Trappist Achel 8° Blond (2018 re-review to BJCP specs)

Best before date: 8/17/18

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 26C Belgian Tripel

AROMA: Moderate Trappist yeast character with an orange/coriander-like fruity/spicy character. Slight presence of banana and pome fruit. Malt base imparts a slight sweetness with a bit of a honey character. Hops are floral and spicy with a touch of lavender. Alcohol is soft and clean. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Mostly clear shade of golden-amber (4-5 SRM). Large white foamy head retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Spicy/fruity flavors throughout due to flamboyant yeast character, though there is significant malty sweetness as well. Esters and phenols create for a melange of orange, coriander, honey, banana, and green pear. Alcohol and malt base linger in the aftertaste with a gentle warmth. Bitterness is moderately-low and hops offer little distinctive flavor, but palette seems well-balanced. Intensity may be a bit hindered due to age of bottle, but all the flavors are still there. 16/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body; medium-high carbonation. Texture is soft, smooth, and almost creamy. Not refreshing per se, but highly drinkable even at 8% ABV. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: A bit different than the other Trappist tripels, but just as good. Best enjoyed fresh. 9/10

TOTAL SCORE: 42/50

NOTE: See my 2012 original review here: http://www.chadzbeerreviews.com/2012/04/trappist-achel-8-blond-chadz-beer.html

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